In a press release, Atlus has announced that Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is now available on PlayStation Network (PSN). It is playable on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable.
“Presented as a parallel world to the events that unfolded in Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment delivers all the gameplay and action from the original Eternal Punishment title, delivering the missing chapter to fans to complete the full Persona experience. As in the other Persona titles, players have the option to fight demons encountered or negotiate with them to earn items, assistance, or their Arcana cards in order to fuse new Personas and gain access to more powerful attacks. Additionally the game incorporates a rumor system, where players collect and exchange rumors throughout the game. Rumors taken to the Kuzunoha Detective Agency can be spread for a fee, changing the dynamic of the gameplay to alter storefronts and other gameplay elements.”
The game is available for $9.99 and is rated M for Mature.
In a post on PlayStation Blog, Atlus said the following: “The bad news is that unusual circumstances have prevented us from localizing Eternal Punishment PSP the way we’d have liked to…” So it appears they couldn’t port over Japan’s 2011 PSP release of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. Fortunately, the digital era has come to the rescue, and now anyone can purchase and download the game.
Edit: According to a post by mochuuu, the Digital Platforms Community Manager of the PlayStation Community Forums, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is currently NOT downloadable on either PlayStation Portable or PlayStation Vita.
“Some of you have noticed that Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a PS One Classic that is playable on PS3, but does not play on PSP and PS Vita. The title should have been set up to be compatible on PSP and PS Vita, however, at this time, it will not be able to be downloaded on to these devices. We’re on it! The goal is to ensure this game can be played on PS Vita as intended. I do not have an ETA on this at the moment, but to manage expectations, worst case scenario (again, worst case scenario), it may be a few weeks. Thanks for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
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